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Volume 1, No. 127  Oct. 6, 2014
Quote of the day:
"She's hungry for good parts and the ability to control their fate because Hollywood and television are so sexist." - Writer Jeff Rovin on actress Gillian Anderson, his co-author of a newly released novel called "A Vision of Fire"

* South Ferry subway station construction
* 'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson and Lower Manhattan author Jeff Rovin, team up on new novel 
* Bits & Bytes: BPCA employees get raises; Manahttan's only boarding school
* Oct. 8 lunar eclipse should be visible in Lower Manhattan
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Poll workers needed; Public hearing for CB1's capital budget
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Oct. 6
* Calendar

TRAFFIC ALERT: President Obama is expected to visit Lower Manhattan on Oct. 7. He is scheduled to arrive via helicopter at the Downtown Heliport at Pier 6 in the East River between 1:25 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to attend a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee on West Broadway between White and Franklin Streets. There will be street closures on West Broadway and elsewhere until the president departs from the Downtown Heliport between 4:25 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to attend another fundraiser in Connecticut.

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South Cove in Battery Park City at dusk. Oct. 6, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


 Historic Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Historic Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan has been torn up by construction for years, and now said Zachary Campbell, assistant director in the MTA's Government & Community Relations Department, it will be three more years before some semblance of normality returns.  


Zachary Campbell.

Addressing Community Board 1's Financial District Committee on Oct. 1, Campbell reminded the Community Board of the devastation inflicted on the Lower Manhattan subway system by Superstorm Sandy. 


The Montague Tube connecting Lower Manhattan and Court Street in Brooklyn on the R line took on approximately 27 million gallons of water in a 4,000-foot tunnel, he said. The MTA had to replace 11,000 feet of track, 30,000 feet of concrete and terracotta ducts, 75,000 feet of power cable, and 200,000 feet of communications cable.


In rebuilding the Whitehall Street station, the MTA relocated the critical signal relay room to a higher place in the complex. A circuit breaker room was sealed with heavy-duty waterproofing and a submarine-quality door was installed along with emergency lights outfitted with battery backups. The MTA also installed increased pumping capacity to move water out of the tube should it flood again.


This work was federally funded and cost proximately $250 million. 


The Montague Tube returned to full service on Sept. 15, 2014, ahead of schedule and slightly under budget.


Devastation to the South Ferry station was even worse. It was almost completely flooded and everything inside was destroyed.


The MTA issued three critical contracts in order to bring the station back into service.  


The first one was for near-term flood mitigation. The South Ferry station has three entrances. The main entrance, the only one now open, has been equipped with portable storm barriers to harden the system in the event of a flood.


Entrances 2 and 3 are not currently open to customers.


"Recently, we've been doing the Advanced Removal piece of the work," Campbell said. "It's scheduled for completion this November and is on schedule. This involves basically gutting all of the interior pieces of the station." He said that the MTA had pulled everything off the walls and removed most of the materials within the station.  


The MTA has a contract that is scheduled to be awarded at the end of October to reconstruct the South Ferry station. "This will bring the station back to what it was before, with connectivity between the Staten Island ferry and the West Side trains and ADA compliance," said Campbell. "There will be storm doors on the interiors of the entrances and glass that is thick and reinforced to keep it from breaking under water pressure."


He said it will take 26 months to bring materials in and reconstruct entrance 3 and that it should take 12 months to construct entrances 1 and 2. Construction cannot take place during the hurricane season in order not to expose partially completed work to flooding. Work on entrances 1 and 2 will probably begin in December after the hurricane season is over.. 


He expects that the station will open in the beginning of 2017.


"We're trying to harden the system to withstand a hurricane, category 2 plus three feet," he said. 


In an email, Hope Cohen, chief administration and finance officer for The Battery Conservancy, commented on Campbell's presentation. "It was quite consistent with everything we already knew about the South Ferry project.," she said. "The only small twist was that MTA - New York City Transit - may be working on entrances 1 and 2 (the two in Peter Minuit Plaza) a few months sooner than we thought. And then again they may not. They need to get their contractor on board to finalize the plan."


Cohen said that the Battery Conservancy plans to open the SeaGlass carousel in the spring of 2015. "All the Battery Place construction - bikeway and comfort station - will be open in late 2014," she said. "Gardens there and around SeaGlass will be planted later this month. The State Street phase of construction, including completion of the bikeway, will follow in 2015. Right now we are working with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to identify a temporary (construction period) location for the urban farm; next year we will engage with all stakeholders in planning for the long-term farm."


Cohen said that she had no news on the resiliency berms that have been discussed for installation in Battery Park or on the playground to be designed by Frank Gehry, but that she hopes to know more about these "soon."


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 




Lower Manhattan resident, Jeff Rovin, co-author with actress Gillian Anderson of a newly released novel, "A Vision of Fire." (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"A superlative actress, incredibly focused and insightful, absolutely charming, and it's not an act."

That was Jeff Rovin describing actress Gillian Anderson with whom he wrote a science fiction novel, "A Vision of Fire," released by Simon & Schuster on Oct. 7 as the inaugural book in its new fiction imprint, Simon451.

Anderson has legions of fans around the world who first applauded her in the 1990s when she played Special Agent Dana Scully in "The X-Files" and who most recently flocked to see her rendition of Blanche DuBois in the Young Vic's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in London.

Rovin, a Lower Manhattan resident, has penned more than 130 books, many of them, best sellers.

They met in October 2013 because both shared a Hollywood lawyer, Steve Burkow, who acted as matchmaker. By December, they had signed a deal to collaborate on three novels. The first one was finished by April 1.

Though American-born, Anderson is based in the U.K. "We couldn't have picked a worse time to try and do this," said Rovin. "She was either the star or the co-star of three, ongoing, international TV series, which were shooting in Belfast, in LA and I think, in Chicago. Then, also, she committed to doing 'Streetcar' in the West End, which opened and got raves. Needless to say, playing Blanche did not leave her a lot of time to work on the book."


On different continents and often in shifting time zones, they communicated by email.


Their novel has as its protagonist a child psychologist named Caitlin O'Hara, a strong, resourceful woman and a single mother, who is suddenly faced with a harrowing and perplexing case of an Indian teenager who seems possessed by forces beyond her control. As O'Hara tries to calm the girl and uncover the source of her malady, similar cases begin to surface in other parts of the world and O'Hara begins to suspect a threat larger than anything she had imagined. This takes place against the background of an impending nuclear war between India and Pakistan.


Like O'Hara in the book, Anderson is, herself, a consummate professional according to Rovin, and a devoted single mother who makes sure to carve time from her impossibly busy schedule to be with her three children. Anderson shaped the O'Hara character because, said Rovin, she hopes to play it in either a TV series or a film.


"She's hungry for good parts and the ability to control her fate because Hollywood and television are so sexist," he said. "This was an opportunity for her to build something from the ground up."   


Jeff Rovin teaching martial arts.

His input into the book was "more mystical" and based on his life-long interest in all things ancillary to martial arts.  


"There was nothing that we disagreed about, really," he said. "To take input from somebody who has also read and played some of the greatest characters ever was actually very exciting for me."   


Although Rovin's usual practice in writing is to let a story evolve, in this case he prepared a detailed outline of the three novels of which "A Vision of Fire" is the first.  


"Since we're dealing with so many characters and a bunch of time periods, so much philosophy and all of that spread across three novels, it was probably useful to me," he said, "but that said, I ignored the outline as often as I followed it because until you get your hands dirty - even with an article - you don't know where you're going to go with it. You can think you do - you may know where you want to end up, but the journey has to be a surprise."


The second novel in the series is already partially written. It will be called "A Dream of Ice." The third installment will be called "A Sound of Seas."


"Because ancient philosophy was so important to this novel - Norse, Voodoo, Chinese, many nations - I wanted to get back to the elemental forces," Rovin said of the choice of titles.  


After many years of ghostwriting for Tom Clancy, he also wanted the novels to play out against a credible geopolitical background. "I wanted that to be valid and frightening," he said. "To do that in a geopolitical thriller is difficult now because events tend to race ahead of you, so I had to come up with something that I had written about maybe a dozen years ago and hadn't changed much and that would be stable enough through the next year - the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir."


Rovin won't say much about the upcoming books in the series except that, "The journey the O'Hara character takes was designed to be unexpected and different from what people might think after reading the first novel."


"A Vision of Fire" doesn't end with a resolution so much as with a question about what might happen next - and that's the idea. Readers of advance copies have called it "a page turner."   


Anderson and Rovin will be at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St. on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. to talk about their book and at the SoHo Apple Store, 103 Prince St., on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. after an appearance at Comic Con at the Javits Center that afternoon.


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer   

For an interview with Anderson from the Daily News ("Q&A with Gillian Anderson: Former 'X-Files' star talks about her foray into literature as co-author of 'A Vision of Fire,'" Daily News, 10/6/14),  click here.  




Bits & Bytes
New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce St. will act as security for bonds to finance affordable housing in New York City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Battery Park City Authority honchos get big raises,"
New York Post, 10/5/14. "Honchos and even freshly recruited executives at Battery Park City Authority got double-digit raises - as high as 29 percent - this year," says the New York Post. "Robert Nesmith, who was hired in just 2013 and is the public authority's chief contracting officer, saw his pay bumped 26 percent from $95,000 to $120,000. Assistant treasurer Luis Garcia's pay surged 29 percent from $116,290 to $150,000; Controller Karl Koenig got a 25 percent hike from $120,000 to $150,000; and John Tam, the director of information technology, saw his salary go up 20 percent from $100,000 to $120,000.
Some lower-level employees also saw their paychecks fatten, one by 60 percent." For the complete article, click here.

"First Look: 19 Beekman Street,"
New York YIMBY, 10/6/14. A potential residential tower designed by C3D Architecture is coming to 19 Beekman Street in the Financial District, according to New York YIMBY. "The scheme may be modified once the development site is sold, as it is currently listed with Massey Knakal for an unspecified price," New York YIMBY reports. "Per The Real Deal, Ronnie Oved bought the property for $11.2 million in late 2012, and it sits directly across the street from 8 Spruce. Combining neighboring air rights and development bonuses, 19 Beekman's eventual tower could total 161,596 square feet, which would offer the potential of moderate height, especially as no restrictions exist." For the complete article, click here.

"Take a look inside Manhattan's first and only boarding school," New York Post, 10/7/14. "Dropping off her laundry bag in the lobby, 16-year-old Yoyo Hu waves to the staff of her ritzy apartment complex before heading off to class," says the New York Post. "While the staff looks out for all the children who live in the Wall Street building, they make an extra effort for kids like Yoyo, a fresh-faced sophomore from Shanghai who's 7,000 miles from home. She's just one of some 80 students at the Léman Manhattan International Boarding School. Manhattan's first and only residential school offers well-heeled 15- to 18-year-olds perks their public- and even private-school peers can only dream of: a 25-yard indoor pool and fully equipped gym, trips to Broadway shows like 'Wicked,' the US Tennis Open and Disney World; a rock-climbing wall and professionally designed theater; and, from its perch on the top four floors of the Cunard Building in lower Manhattan, classrooms overlooking the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. Naturally, this kind of education doesn't come cheap: High-school tuition, room and board for Léman's 2014-15 academic year totals $72,000." For the complete article, click here.

"State approves $1.8B bond issue for 3 WTC," Crain's New York Business, 10/6/14. "A New York state development agency approved the sale of as much as $1.8 billion in bonds for developer Larry Silverstein's 3 World Trade Center tower, a deal delayed for more than a year after the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey balked at guaranteeing the debt," says Crain's New York Business. "Mr. Silverstein is issuing the tax-exempt bonds for the 80-story tower through New York's Liberty Development Corp., a subsidiary of the state's economic-development agency. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will manage the sale. In June, the Port Authority approved a financing agreement that allowed Mr. Silverstein to use $159 million of insurance proceeds to finish the tower, which was stalled at eight floors. The agreement didn't include $1.2 billion of loan guarantees that the developer sought under a previous plan opposed by some Port Authority board members. The agency owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site." For the complete article, click here.

"City's affordable finance arm plans first CMBS deal," The Real Deal, 10/6/14. "The city's affordable housing finance unit is planning for the first time to issue bonds that will be packaged as commercial mortgage backed securities," says The Real Deal. "This inaugural group of loans pegged at $550 million will be secured by the market-rate residential high-rise 8 Spruce Street, known as New York by Gehry, located in Lower Manhattan. The Housing Development Corporation, which generally focuses on financing affordable housing for the city, will issue the bonds, which will then be packaged and divided into different risk levels and sold into the CMBS market. Wells Fargo will be the loan servicer. Sources within the city agency said there were special circumstances that made the CMBS structure useful here, and it was not expected to become a common practice." For the complete article, click here.

"Brooklyn Bridge Gets More Barriers," Wall Street Journal, 10/5/14. "More barriers meant to deter intruders were installed at the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend," the Wall Street Journal reports. "The barriers - metal screens on the cables of the bridge - supplement a gate already in place that makes it more difficult to climb around." During the summer, intruders scaled the bridge on two occasions, raising concern over its security. For the complete article, click here.


A full moon rising over Brooklyn on Aug. 10, 2014. A lunar eclipse will be visible in Lower Manhattan before dawn on Oct. 8. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

After an evening of thunderstorms on Oct. 7, by 6 a.m. on Oct. 8, weather forecasters say it will  be partly cloudy in New York City and therefore possible to see a full lunar eclipse. The eclipse will start around 5 a.m. and become total at 6:25 a.m. EDT. It will be completely over by 7:24 a.m, according to NASA. During the eclipse, the moon will turn bloody red because sun, Earth and moon will be lined up and the sun will cast Earth's shadow across the moon's face.

This eclipse will be unusual for several reasons. It will be the second of four lunar eclipses in a row, a phenomenon known as a "tetrad." According to the NASA Eclipse website, in the 5,000-year period between 1999 B.C. and 3000 A.D., there have been - or will be - 3,479 total lunar eclipses. Only 568 will be tetrads. NASA explains that, "The mechanism causing tetrads involves the eccentricity of Earth's orbit in conjunction with the timing of eclipse seasons." NASA says that, "In the distant future when Earth's eccentricity is 0, tetrads will no longer be possible."

There will be eight tetrads in the 21st century. The next one won't occur for another 18 years.

The other reason that this eclipse will be unusual is that the rising sun will be visible as the moon is setting. This phenomenon is called a "selenelion." For a few minutes, refraction from the Earth's atmosphere, will cause the sun and moon to appear visible even though technically, the sun has not yet risen and the moon has already set.
For more information about the eclipse, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Downtown bulletin board

Poll workers needed: The New York City Board of Elections is recruiting people to serve as poll workers on Election Day, Nov. 4. Depending on their registration status and availability, applicants may be assigned to work as an Inspector, Poll Clerk, Information Clerk or Door Clerk. Interpreters and Door Clerks earn a salary of $200 for working an Election Day plus $25 for attending class and passing an exam. Inspectors, Poll Clerks and Information Clerks earn a salary of $200 for working on Election Day plus $100 for attending a six-hour training class and passing an exam. Any worker who does not attend training class will not be assigned to work an Election Day. Poll workers can be assigned to any poll within the borough in which they live. The work day begins at 5 a.m. and ends when all votes have been tallied at the assigned polling place. For more information and to apply, click here.

Public hearing for Community Board 1's capital and expense budget priorities for FY2016:
A public hearing on Oct. 28 provides an opportunity for members of the Lower Manhattan community to let Community Board 1 know what their budget priorities are for the district. The board will finalize its priorities during the business session of the meeting following the hearing. Anyone in the community may attend and speak. This is a link to the budget priorities for FY 2015. For more information call (212) 442-5050 or email Place: National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Diker Pavilion, 1st floor. Time: 6 p.m.

Free senior swim:
Seniors can swim for free at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. from Monday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Community Center offers aerobic water classes for seniors on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. To register, click here or call Lily at (212) 766-1104, ext. 221.

Deadline near to enroll in Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund:
If you were diagnosed with a 9/11-related eligible cancer before Oct. 12, 2012, you may be entitled to compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Registration preserves your right to file a claim in the future (before the VCF ends on Oct. 3, 2016). Registration is not the same as filing a claim and you are not required to file a claim even if you have registered. Register online at by Oct. 12, 2014. For more information click here or call VCF's toll-free helpline at (855)-885-1555 (or 855-885-1558 for the hearing impaired).


North Cove Marina. An update by Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh is on the agenda of CB1's Battery Park City Committee on Oct. 7. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 
Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, and start at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to attend. Bring photo ID to enter the building.

Oct. 7: Battery Park City Committee
            Location: Battery Park City Library, 175 North End Ave. at 6 p.m.
*  Inflatable Storm Barrier - Presentation by Cheryl Witmer, US Flood Control Corp.
* The North Cove Marina - Update by Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh
* Battery Park City Authority - Update
* Two World Financial Center, Application for liquor license for The Institute of Culinary Education Inc. (relocation) - Resolution
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 30 West Street, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Osteria Casano LLC d/b/a Inattesco Pizzabar Casano
* 102 North End Avenue, application for renewal of unenclosed sidewalk cafe for Signature 102 North End Ave. LLC d/b/a North End Grill
* 345 South End Avenue, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for 301 South LLC d/b/a SouthWest NY/Black Hound

Oct. 8: Tribeca Committee
* Schematic Geometric and Landscape Design for NYC Department of Design and Construction, Bogardus Plaza Project HWPLZ012M - Presentation by Signe Nielsen from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, PC - Resolution
* 67 Murray St., application for liquor license for Kinjo Inc. d/b/a Gunbae - Resolution
* 349 Greenwich Street, application for restaurant liquor license for Greenwich Rest. LLC - Resolution
* Application for newsstand at S/E/C Canal & Watts Streets - Resolution
* 56 Reade St., application for restaurant liquor license for Grazin' Tribeca LLC - Resolution
* 33 Leonard St., application for renewal of sidewalk café license for TK Rest. Corp. - Resolution
* 329 Greenwich St., application for sidewalk cafe license for 329 Greenwich Street, LLC d/b/a Telepan Local - Resolution
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses:
* 45 Murray St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Tribeca Restaurant LLC d/b/a Benares
* 65 West Broadway, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for 65 West Broadway Restaurant LLC d/b/a Saleya

Oct. 9: Landmarks Committee
* 346 Broadway/108 Leonard St., application for rooftop penthouses, mechanical equipment, alterations to designated interior spaces and restoration of marble facades - Resolution
* 56 Warren St., application for replacement of bluestone pavers - Resolution
* Bogardus Plaza, application for design approval - Resolution
* Governors Island Building 109, application for demolition of structurally unsound building - Resolution
* 195 Broadway, application for installation of ADA-compliant ramp on Dey Street - Resolution
* 211 West Broadway, application for new entrance platform and repairs to existing platform - Resolution
* 60 Collister St./157 Hudson St., application for  rooftop addition - Resolution


CALENDAR: Week of Oct. 6
 There are just a few more days this year to sail New York harbor on the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner Pioneer. The sailing season ends on Oct. 19. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Oct. 7:
"Artist as Witness: 9/11 Responders Watercolors" by Aggie Kenny opens at the New York City Police Museum with a reception. This will be the Police Museum's last exhibit at its current location. It will close on Oct. 25. Place: 45 Wall St. Reception time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Oct. 7:
Poets House in Battery Park City celebrates the centennial of the birth of Mexican poet, essayist, diplomat and Nobelist Octavio Paz (1914-1998), who believed that "to acknowledge the variety of visions and sensibilities is to preserve the richness of life" and ushered in a new era for Mexican literature and modern poetry. Mexican and American poets will read from work that he wrote over a period of 60 years. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Oct. 9:
Go for a walking tour of the historic South Street Seaport with an educator from the South Street Seaport Museum. Place: Meet on Pier 16 at the Visitors Services kiosk. Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets: $12; $8 (students and seniors); $5 (children); free (members).  For more information and to buy tickets, click here. The ticket price includes admission to the museum's historic ships, Peking and Ambrose.  
Oct. 12: Compline by Candlelight featuring Byrd's Cantiones Sacrae performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. A meditative musical service in historic St. Paul's Chapel (built in 1766) on Broadway at Fulton Street. Time: 8 p.m. Free.

Through Oct. 19: Sail New York harbor on the South Street Seaport Museum's landmarked 1885 schooner, Pioneer. Varying times. Place: Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Tickets: $38; $28 (museum members); $32 (students and seniors); $20 (children); $5 (children under 2). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Ongoing: "A Town Known as Auschwitz" is an exhibit of photographs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tracing the history of a town called "Oswiecim" in what is now Poland, where Jews and non-Jews lived side by side for centuries. When German forces occupied the town in September 1939, they renamed it "Auschwitz" and established a concentration and death camp there. More than 1 million people died at Auschwitz, including 90 percent of the town's Jews. The museum is at 36 Battery Place. For information the exhibit, click here. For information on the museum's hours and admission fees, click here.
Ongoing: Poets House in Battery Park City presents "A Painter and His Poets," the first major retrospective show of George Schneeman's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, with portraits of his poet friends, spanning 40 years. "A sort of utopia in the visual field filled with pleasure, quickness and wit" is how Schneeman himself described his collaborative work with poets. Exhibition on view through Saturday, Nov. 15, during regular Poets House hours. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For information about Poets House, click here.

Ongoing: The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose and its barque Peking welcome visitors Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Pier 16 (on the East River at Fulton Street). The Ambrose, launched in 1908,  once guided large ships through the Ambrose Channel into New York harbor. Peking was launched in Hamburg, Germany in 1911, one of the last commercial sailing ships ever built. She was used to carry goods from Europe to South America and to return to Europe with nitrate. The museum's Visitors Services associates explain all of the fascinating details of the ships and their relevance to the history of New York as a port city. Cost: $12 (adults); $8 (students, 12-24 and seniors); $5 (children 2-11); under 2, free. To buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: "Defining Lines: Maps from the 1700s and early 1800s" at the Fraunces Tavern
Museum. Twenty-seven maps provide a perspective on the evolving nation's place in history. A map from 1804, never before exhibited, shows the U.S. postal routes. Place: 54 Pearl St. Time: Noon to 5 p.m., daily. Admission fees: $7; $4 (seniors, students with ID, children, 6 to 8 years old. Children, 5 and under, free. Active military with ID, free. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.

Ongoing: "Give Me Liberty," a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, is at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw utilizes images from the Museum's permanent collection, invoking imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums.
Through March 16, 2015. Place: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $7; $4 (seniors, students, children 6-8); free (children under 5 and active duty military). For more information, click here

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